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what restaurant do you keep passing by for years upon years and yet have not mustered the gumption to finally try ????

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kevin Aug 5, 2013 04:48 PM

Thanks.

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    maudies5 Aug 10, 2013 03:39 PM

    Palmieri on San Vicente in Brentwood. On the corner of San Vicente and Darlington are four restaurants..Coral Tree, Toscana, Tavern and Palmieri. I don't know why we have never gone there. It is possible that we are always so comfortable and happy at Toscana and Tavern

    1. westsidegal Aug 8, 2013 10:45 PM

      how about one that i didn't have the gumption to try until last weekend?

      Elite Seafood on Atlantic.

      felt too strange to go in as a singleton, knowing nothing about chinese food, knowing no chinese, etc.

      but i just got a terrific chinese roommate who put together a group, drove us out there, ordered for us, EVERYTHING!

      gotta say, a completely sublime meal.
      don't know the names of the dishes , but was one of the gustatory high points of my life so far..

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        chowseeker1999 Aug 8, 2013 10:49 PM

        congrats westsidegal for finally trying Dim Sum at Elite. :> (Or was it dinner? (which would still be great.)

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          kevin Aug 8, 2013 10:54 PM

          For some reason, my dyslexia read it as a dinner.

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            westsidegal Aug 8, 2013 10:58 PM

            it was dinner.
            phenomenal.

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              kevin Aug 8, 2013 11:20 PM

              WG, next up for you:

              Sea Harbour.

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                westsidegal Aug 9, 2013 10:23 AM

                will try that next.
                thank you

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                kevin Aug 9, 2013 06:37 AM

                And I'm glad you enjoyed it.

                You might have to start slowly getting out of your Marina Del Rey corridor. There are other treasures around town to unearth.

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            kevin Aug 8, 2013 10:54 PM

            Awesome.

            Yeah. It's a chowhound Fave.

            Glad you enjoyed it. And you didn't even have to drive nor worry about ordering.

            You have more than got it made.

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            yogachik Aug 8, 2013 08:04 AM

            The Lobster

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              kevin Aug 8, 2013 11:10 AM

              Yoga, regarding The Lobster, that is an exceptional idea to stay away.

            2. cookie monster Aug 7, 2013 04:40 PM

              Hinano on Washington Blvd by the Venice pier. It's 3 blocks from my house and I've gone past it at least once a week for many years and I've read all the raves about the burgers, but I just can't bring myself to go inside . . .

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                kevin Aug 7, 2013 04:54 PM

                it looks quite rough-and-tumble.

                truth to tell, it kind of is.

                But at the same time, their $5 burger is not half bad. though the burger is not that great if it were more expensive.

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                jaykayen Aug 7, 2013 02:32 PM

                Another for Melisse, after being disappointed at Providence.

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                  OscarFox Aug 7, 2013 12:31 PM

                  Taix.

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                    Baron Aug 10, 2013 03:56 PM

                    Try it. You'll like it. One of my favorite places. An old institution that keeps on giving. Great fresh clam chowder on Friday. Not just a cup or bowl but a bottomless terrine. Also a great bar and wine program. Wish it were closer to home.

                  2. Pamplemoose Aug 7, 2013 10:35 AM

                    Hooters
                    I...just...can't......

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                      kevin Aug 7, 2013 11:13 AM

                      I can.

                      Nice eye candy, at least sometimes.

                      Wings are slightly better than you would thinks.

                      And the namesake hooters are not half bad.

                      Though it is a chain.

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                      Bradbury Aug 7, 2013 12:12 AM

                      Dave & Busters. But I've been told I'm not missing much...

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                        csnyde Aug 7, 2013 02:21 AM

                        Pacific Dining Car...

                      2. raytamsgv Aug 6, 2013 11:23 AM

                        Chinese restaurants with the word "Express" in their name.

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                          kevin Aug 6, 2013 11:32 AM

                          You should really give the one with "Panda" in its title a try. :)

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                          foodiemahoodie Aug 6, 2013 08:24 AM

                          Taylor's Steakhouse.

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                            kevin Aug 6, 2013 11:31 AM

                            You should really give Taylor's a try.

                            It's not as great as the more upscale steakhouses around town, and the beef is probably much closer to choice than to prime, but at roughly half the price for complete dinners its a minor quibble.

                            And Taylor's does have that old-fashioned steakhouse atmosphere.

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                            Sam D. Aug 6, 2013 07:21 AM

                            The untried ones that I have often passed by are generally in the category of upscale, special occasion restaurants where you would go with a group or at least one dining companion. And I'm generally alone during the daytime hours when I pass these places. That would include Dal Rae, Parkway Grill and Valentino.

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                              silence9 Aug 6, 2013 12:17 AM

                              Father's Office (original location). Waiting to pounce on a yet-to-be vacated table has never been a skill at ease in my wheelhouse. Reminds me too much of the lunch room during my freshman year at high school, propping-up the wall, waiting for a friendly face to acknowledge my existence. Ack...

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                                PeterCC Aug 6, 2013 12:31 AM

                                Have you been to the Culver City location? Been to the SM one. Was underwhelmed.

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                                  silence9 Aug 6, 2013 06:43 AM

                                  Hi... I've been to neither the CC nor SM locations. Whenever I'm in CC, I usually veer toward Honey's Kettle, like a shark drawn to a bucket 'o chum. Somethings' gotta give, so perhaps I should simply man-up and give one of them a try. I survived freshman year -- I'll likely survive a burger bar :-)

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                                schrutefarms Aug 5, 2013 09:35 PM

                                Panns!!! I keep wanting to take a trip there for the biscuits and fried chicken! I went to finally go last month, but it was 9:30 and a quick pull up of yelp told me it closed at 10. Oh, we'll, one day!

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                                  SoCalMuncher Aug 5, 2013 09:10 PM

                                  Dan Tana's: When I speed by, I'm usually going to/from Hwood/WLA ... probably to go someplace to eat.

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                                    Thor123 Aug 7, 2013 11:20 AM

                                    Had a great meal at Tana's last night. Friend and I split the steak and peppers and dark meat beckerman. Really good. Ton of food.

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                                      kevin Aug 7, 2013 11:22 AM

                                      I've only tried the potatoes beckerman so far.

                                      but the shrimp parm is dope.

                                  2. cant talk...eating Aug 5, 2013 09:04 PM

                                    George Petrelli's
                                    Outlaw's (Playa del Rey)
                                    The Pantry
                                    The Barkley (So Pas)
                                    Julienne
                                    Malibu Seafood

                                    (all for various reasons I guess)
                                    It's funny, there are a TON of fast-food/chain places I've been to exactly once (Jack-in-the-Box, Yoshinoya, Tommys), just never needed to go back. Guess that's a different thread - once and done.

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                                      westsidegal Aug 8, 2013 10:33 PM

                                      cant talk. . .eating: i tried two of the ones on your list for you:
                                      Petrelli's
                                      and
                                      Outlaw

                                      really terrible, both.

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                                        kevin Aug 8, 2013 10:50 PM

                                        Someone rec'd Outlaws, but it might have been because it's a good place to grab a drink.

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                                          westsidegal Aug 8, 2013 10:57 PM

                                          the beverages that they served me were served in dirty glasses.
                                          wouldn't even order a drink there.

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                                            New Trial Aug 9, 2013 02:08 AM

                                            "Outlaws" reminds me that there is the scene in a Bob Hope movie ("Son of Paleface," as I recall) in which he goes into a Western saloon and politely orders a milk. The reaction from the other customers, prompts him to then growl to the bartender: "In a dirty glass!"

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                                              westsidegal Aug 9, 2013 10:20 AM

                                              FUNNY!

                                    2. PeterCC Aug 5, 2013 08:06 PM

                                      Chez Jay

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                                        kevin Aug 5, 2013 08:09 PM

                                        bingo !!!

                                        That's the one that I passed by for years.

                                        And then I finally hit it up.

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                                          kevin Aug 7, 2013 03:16 PM

                                          Try Chez and let me know what you think.

                                          Especially if you are going to be drinking there.

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                                            flowergirl Aug 7, 2013 05:47 PM

                                            I had wanted to try Chez Jay after not having been since I was a kid. it was pretty awful - barely edible

                                          2. wienermobile Aug 5, 2013 07:13 PM

                                            Bouchon

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                                              flowergirl Aug 5, 2013 06:30 PM

                                              Dal Rae

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                                                Will Owen Aug 5, 2013 06:46 PM

                                                Dal Rae is probably off my list until (a) I have more money and (b) Mrs. O reverts to carnivorality, or however you say it. Condition (a) has been the main hangup … besides, we're never by there except either midday or after dinner …

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                                                  kevin Aug 5, 2013 07:14 PM

                                                  Yeah, and it seems to me that I never seem to end up there unless I happen to make a special, specific trip down there.

                                                  It must be noted that their chocolate souffles are quite swell.

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                                                  gdtobme Aug 6, 2013 09:26 PM

                                                  Dal Rae for me too. Have to get the Lobster Thermidor for the total throwback experience.

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                                                    Sharuf Aug 8, 2013 01:21 PM

                                                    I hope they use local spiny lobster for the thermidor.

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                                                      kevin Aug 8, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                      i doubt it.

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                                                        Servorg Aug 8, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                        They serve Australian lobster tails, which are spiny type lobsters...it's just that they are local to the Southern hemisphere rather than the Northern. I would assume that they use the same lobster for the Thermidor.

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                                                  ns1 Aug 5, 2013 06:26 PM

                                                  Animal/SOAG

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                                                    PeterCC Aug 5, 2013 08:05 PM

                                                    On the flip side, Golden State.

                                                  2. Wayno Aug 5, 2013 06:25 PM

                                                    Mr. Chow, which is only about 3 doors down from my office. But I never had the gumption (desire) to spend the $$$ for uninspired and overpriced food (based on what I've read from others).

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                                                      westsidegal Aug 8, 2013 10:30 PM

                                                      wayno: i did that once for you (on someone else's dime).
                                                      my advice is to just pretend you went there. . . .

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                                                        kevin Aug 8, 2013 10:51 PM

                                                        Btw. What's your favorite restaurant on the current scene ????

                                                        Thanks.

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                                                          westsidegal Aug 10, 2013 10:59 PM

                                                          i tend not to go to restaurants that are "on the current scene," instead i like to have a regular rotation (except during restaurant week).

                                                          you already know my favorites:

                                                          coni'seafood
                                                          fig
                                                          lukshon
                                                          stella barra for pizza
                                                          800 degrees (good cheap food in westwood)
                                                          ayara thai (westchester)
                                                          TLT (more good, cheap, food in westwood)
                                                          shamshiri grill
                                                          k-zo
                                                          hide
                                                          the lunch buffet at nayala (sp?)
                                                          gjelina
                                                          the tripel

                                                          vegetarian places:
                                                          rahel
                                                          cafe gratitude
                                                          shojin
                                                          the spot
                                                          vegan thai on main st. (really a little joint with paper plates, no service, a food source--not a real restaurant)

                                                          under the category of : IF I HAD MORE MONEY
                                                          sushi zo
                                                          catch
                                                          kiriko
                                                          mori

                                                    2. Servorg Aug 5, 2013 06:15 PM

                                                      Leaf http://leaforganics.com/ on Washington Blvd. in CC. Maybe it's the paint job that reminds me of the years I worked for Hughes Aircraft or maybe it's the fact that if I surprise my wife with a meal at a raw Vegan place my time on earth will be up. But I just haven't mustered my mustard enough to give that place a whirl..

                                                      NEVER MIND: I see that their website says they closed their doors on June 13 of this year. So I am safe!

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                                                        kevin Aug 5, 2013 06:31 PM

                                                        Dope.

                                                        I went there once when a friend dragged me there.

                                                        Suffice to say, it was terrible.

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                                                          bulavinaka Aug 5, 2013 06:45 PM

                                                          For me, Leaf was torture - ungulate feed to me. My sister's a vegan and the raw vegan thing there was too much for her as well - she still rags on me for suggesting Leaf. We tried veganism for a few weeks - Leaf made us realize that potentially shaving off a few years of life was worth eating a broader diet. The only thing I was able to voluntarily put in my mouth were the smoothies. I think Leaf expanded their menu to include cooked dishes but I never went back.

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                                                            schrutefarms Aug 5, 2013 09:33 PM

                                                            I gotta say...a few years ago I spend a (super lame) month not eating dairy, meat, sugar, white anything, or alcohol. I went to leaf quite a few times. I tried their chocolate raspberry cheesecake...and it was fricken great. Maybe it was because I was so deprived, but I must have eaten about 10 slices that month. I'm the only person I know who went on a cleanse and gained weight....didn't realize those babies were all compressed cashews!!!

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                                                            westsidegal Aug 8, 2013 10:27 PM

                                                            servorg: i went to leaf once.
                                                            had no interest in returning.
                                                            you missed nothing.

                                                          3. Will Owen Aug 5, 2013 05:44 PM

                                                            Any Clearman's. And I've been here over 13 years now - that's just pathetic! I think me and my old HS chum need to do one of our lunches there …

                                                            I was like that with Bahooka, until Pa-in-law asked us to take him and Maman there. Very glad we did that, especially as both he and Bahooka have gone.

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                                                              PeterCC Aug 5, 2013 07:01 PM

                                                              Love Clearman's. Not the best steak but decent shrimp. Love the salads and cheese bread. Comfort food.

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                                                                Ernie Aug 7, 2013 07:25 AM

                                                                If you decide to visit, check out Steak 'n Stein in Pico Rivera. It is the oldest of the Clearman's locations and delightfully old school with good steaks and sides

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                                                                  kevin Aug 7, 2013 11:13 AM

                                                                  any relation to the know closed one on sepulveda in el segundo ????

                                                                  thanks.

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                                                                    Ernie Aug 7, 2013 12:58 PM

                                                                    I think that place is called "Stick & Stein" and not related

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                                                                      kevin Aug 7, 2013 01:03 PM

                                                                      Thanks for the clarification.

                                                                      though not that it really matters since it has since closed (or rather has been closed for the past few years).

                                                              2. J.L. Aug 5, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                                Burger King

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                                                                  PeterCC Aug 5, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                                  Have it your way.

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                                                                    J.L. Aug 5, 2013 05:29 PM

                                                                    It's a bit scary... Looks like the king wants to have his way with you.

                                                                    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia...

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                                                                      kevin Aug 5, 2013 05:31 PM

                                                                      Oh, shit.

                                                                      That creeped me out.

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                                                                      kevin Aug 5, 2013 05:29 PM

                                                                      I haven't had Burger King in a few years, or maybe just a couple, or maybe a year and a half at least.

                                                                      I only had a soft spot for their oblong fried chicken patty sandwiches (that shit was reconstituted to a hell and a hand basket for damn sure), a couple of those and a few Cokes was tasty yet completely disgusting.

                                                                      And I felt like crap for the next 48 hours, same thing with the majority of McD's dishes.

                                                                      It must be those fucked up chemicals they zap and nuke the "food" with.

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                                                                        ns1 Aug 5, 2013 06:08 PM

                                                                        i went back after a decade long hiatus, man it was terrible. The patty was so overburnt it made me crave griddle cooked hamburgers =X

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                                                                          westsidegal Aug 8, 2013 10:39 PM

                                                                          OT

                                                                          << a couple of those and a few Cokes was tasty yet completely disgusting.>>

                                                                          why does this phrase make me think of hugh grant's interlude with divine brown on hollywood blvd?

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                                                                            kevin Aug 8, 2013 10:48 PM

                                                                            I dont know. But please do explain.

                                                                            All I had was a couple of those oblong fried chicken sandwiches and a couple cokes (refills from the soda dispenser).

                                                                            Anyhow I'm all ears.

                                                                            WG, I wouldn't recommend BK for you. I would even want to begin to think about what your reaction would be to those sandwiches. :)

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                                                                              J.L. Aug 9, 2013 12:27 AM

                                                                              ...yet I cannot help but wonder: What if Sergio was cooking?

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                                                                                kevin Aug 9, 2013 06:35 AM

                                                                                Sergio ?

                                                                                Does BK now have a famous chef doling out the goods like TB ?????

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                                                                                  J.L. Aug 9, 2013 09:41 AM

                                                                                  Great marketing campaign: "Sergio is now cooking at BK!"

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                                                                                    kevin Aug 9, 2013 10:36 AM

                                                                                    Well. They have that other famous chick overseeing the Bell bowls. So it's only a matter of time. :)

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                                                                                westsidegal Aug 9, 2013 10:17 AM

                                                                                just google "Hugh Grant" and "Divine Brown".
                                                                                sometimes a person, just wants something very dirty and nasty and disgusting even if they have easy access to something of quality . . . .

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                                                                                  kevin Aug 9, 2013 10:35 AM

                                                                                  WG, now I got it.

                                                                                  Elizabeth Turkey or is it Hurley was his gal at the time I believe right ????

                                                                                  She was definitely a looker.

                                                                                  One cute gal.

                                                                                  Anyhow. To keep it chowish, now I realize your analogy makes sense.

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                                                                                    kevin Aug 9, 2013 10:36 AM

                                                                                    :)

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                                                                                      westsidegal Aug 9, 2013 04:27 PM

                                                                                      the overwhelming odds are that you had actual GOOD food available to you at the time you were shoveling in the "completely disgusting food."

                                                                                      we've all done it at one time or another. . . .

                                                                        2. aching Aug 5, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                                          Valentino (same reason as PeterCC).

                                                                          1. PeterCC Aug 5, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                                            Melisse. And I'm not lacking gumption. Unless gumption was money.

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                                                                              ilysla Aug 5, 2013 06:54 PM

                                                                              I went to their Thanksgiving set-meal dinner once many moons ago, and it was $75 pp and absolutely delicious. Not sure if they still do that, but it might provide a (slightly) more affordable entry point for a meal there....

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                                                                                PeterCC Aug 5, 2013 07:01 PM

                                                                                I should keep an eye out.

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                                                                                chowseeker1999 Aug 7, 2013 12:05 PM

                                                                                wait, but aren't you the one that keeps going to shunji for extravagant meals every week? :> (i love your pics. :>

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                                                                                  kevin Aug 7, 2013 12:13 PM

                                                                                  chow, you have a point there !!!!! :)

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                                                                                    PeterCC Aug 7, 2013 03:14 PM

                                                                                    I wish "every week". My Shunji visits are usually within small chunks of time and then a big gap. So I did average once a month in the spring but nowhere close to weekly.

                                                                                    Looking at Melisse's menu, it seems impossible (save the occasional $75 specials) to get out of there for less than triple-digits per person, whereas that is very doable at Shunji... if you have the willpower.

                                                                                    (Thanks for the compliment on the pics. Here's some from my lunch sushi omakase at Kiriko today.)

                                                                                     
                                                                                     
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                                                                                      kevin Aug 7, 2013 03:15 PM

                                                                                      how much was this at kiriko ?????

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                                                                                        PeterCC Aug 7, 2013 03:16 PM

                                                                                        $40.

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                                                                                          kevin Aug 7, 2013 03:18 PM

                                                                                          Wow. From your pictures, the $40 tariff seems like downright grand larceny.

                                                                                          I thought you mentioned only two of the pieces would be dope.

                                                                                          But here it looks like at the very least 7 out of 10 of the pieces, if not more look pretty fucking dope, each with it's own distinctive unique sauce.

                                                                                          Got's a mini-report at least to go with those pictures.

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                                                                                            PeterCC Aug 7, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                                                            Just for you (and anyone else who--to keep with the topic of the thread--may have driven by Kiriko many times and not tried it)...

                                                                                            My Order: $40 lunch sushi omakase, salad, miso soup, 9 pieces of nigiri, blue crab hand roll. (I opted out of the blue crab hand roll for a 10th piece of nigiri.)

                                                                                            My Chef: Shinji-san

                                                                                            First 5 pieces, left to right, top row first: maguro akami (lean tuna--I don't recall if it was bluefin), tai (red snapper), house-smoked wild king salmon w/caviar, bintoro (albacore belly, marked "fresh" on the menu--meaning wild, I think), fresh ikura (house-cured, so technically sujiko).

                                                                                            Second 5 pieces, top to bottom, left side first: aori or yari ika (squid, Shinji said what kind but I didn't catch it), iwashi (sardine), karei (flounder), kamasu (barracuda), seared toro (fatty tuna).

                                                                                            Highlights: wild king salmon, bintoro, ikura/sujiko, aori/yari ika, iwashi, karei.

                                                                                            Conclusion: I think you're right, kevin, I lucked out a bit today. When the toro isn't listed among the highlights... I can't complain. :-)

                                                                                            P.S. I also got an 11th piece of nigiri, a separate order of the ikura/sujiko because it was so good. Nutty, slightly bitter, had an almost unagi aftertaste.

                                                                                            Bonus: I've included individual pics too.

                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
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                                                                                              chowseeker1999 Aug 7, 2013 06:53 PM

                                                                                              that sounds like a great deal. thanx for sharing! :>

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                                                                                        chowseeker1999 Aug 7, 2013 03:38 PM

                                                                                        hi peter. ah ok. :> i just remembered living vicariously through your mouth-watering discussions about splurging for Truffle Gohan and crazy rare fish, etc. so i figured you were dropping real money at Shunji. :>

                                                                                        re: kiriko - wow was that $40 total (including tax and tip)? if so, that's a pretty nice-looking deal. i always felt it was pricey (when we went for dinner).

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                                                                                          kevin Aug 7, 2013 03:41 PM

                                                                                          Pete, if I'm not mistaken, you didn't hit up the Truffle Gohan just yet, is that correct ?

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                                                                                            PeterCC Aug 7, 2013 04:10 PM

                                                                                            Truffle gohan was J.L., who I believe is indisputably the 'hound who goes to Shunji most frequently.

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                                                                                              kevin Aug 7, 2013 04:52 PM

                                                                                              He sure is. Or is it Bob ?

                                                                                    2. Ciao Bob Aug 5, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                                                      Johnnie's Pastrami

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                                                                                        fressergirl Aug 5, 2013 06:02 PM

                                                                                        not missing anything...
                                                                                        go to Langer's for delish pastrami

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                                                                                          PaulF Aug 6, 2013 08:13 AM

                                                                                          Johnnie's has a pretty extensive menu.

                                                                                          Pastrami aside, I think their corned beef sandwich is worth a try if you've never been, their onion rings are good, their hot dogs/chili dogs are good, I've had the fried shrimp their more than once or twice (sometimes on the sandwich) ...

                                                                                          Langer's does beat Johnnie's when it comes to pastrami (though they are totally different types of pastrami) -- but the pastrami is not the best thing on JP's menu.

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                                                                                            foodiemahoodie Aug 6, 2013 08:18 AM

                                                                                            I'd say the purpose of these websites is to help make judgments on which restaurants to try and which to stay away from - lest you be disappointed.

                                                                                            And I'd say Johnnie's is pretty disappointing.

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                                                                                              PaulF Aug 6, 2013 08:33 AM

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                                                                                              kevin Aug 6, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                              hmmm

                                                                                              i may have to give it a try for the fried shrimp. and maybe their onion rings.

                                                                                              do they have a fried fish filet sandwich too ????

                                                                                              and if i'm not mistaken, this is in reference to the Johnnie's Pastrami in culver city rather than the possibly tangentially related one in the Crenshaw District on Jefferson, right ????

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                                                                                                Kalivs Aug 7, 2013 12:06 AM

                                                                                                I liked the pastrami at the Jefferson one.

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                                                                                                  PaulF Aug 8, 2013 08:38 AM

                                                                                                  Culver City

                                                                                                  Yes, they have fried fish.

                                                                                                  And chili fries.

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